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Old 05-31-2011, 02:29 AM
 
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I can't afford a Ipad, so I was looking at other less expensive pads. I got an epad (for my girl friend) but it was junk. Chat worked ok, but internet use was not usable it was so slow. I see there are many pads out there and some small laptops. My question is, which ones are you all using that will work good for chat and surfing the web/looking at real estate pics? I'd like to get her something that works this time.

Thanks.
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Old 05-31-2011, 02:41 AM
 
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I bought a Nook Color for about $250 and rooted it. It's probably the best $250 tablet on the market.

It doesn't have 3G, HDMI or cameras, but it does have the following:

1. 7" screen (1024x600), capacitive touch
2. 512mb RAM. Most other cheap tablets only have 256mb or less.
3. SDHC card reader.
4. 802.11n

There are some rumors going around that Amazon.com will soon introduce something similar. It may be a good idea to wait if you can.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:21 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Dell mini 10

It's a real computer.

Windows 7
HDMI
3G
Only 1 gig though so it is a bit slow but for internet and Office apps it is fine.
Has USB ports (unlike ipads)
Very rugged - I just toss it in my backpack.

Bought it at dell outlet so it was cheap but it looks brand new.

I would buy another one.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:36 AM
 
Location: WV and Eastport, ME
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I use a 10" Acer Netbook.
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Old 05-31-2011, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Golden, CO
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I would either get a netbook like someone else had mentioned or take some time and save for something like an iPad. I've been looking around at tablets from non-Apple manufacturers too and haven't been impressed. I actually do like the BlackBerry PlayBook despite its flaws, but it's just as expensive as an iPad and the iPad has a bigger screen and (currently) more apps available today.

full disclosure: I do use a Mac laptop, but I also like technology in general, and I'm not one of those people that automatically buys Apple without looking at other brands. I don't own any kind of tablet, but I've been looking.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:11 AM
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I can't afford a Ipad, so I was looking at other less expensive pads.
The only touchscreen tablets that perform better than an iPad, like the Samsung Galaxy Tab or the Motorola Xoom, cost more than the iPad. AFAIK, there isn't a tablet that costs less than the iPad that most people who want a tablet find acceptable. They either have lousy displays, sluggish response to the touchscreen input or lack either features or processor horsepower to run the OS. In this space, there's a real benefit to having the hardware manufactured by the company that produces the software.
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Old 05-31-2011, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I like Cowboy's reply.
As much as I LOVE the iPad, I would probably get the Wifi Xoom for one reason really.
Expandable memory slot.
It comes with 16GB, just like the iPad, but soon you will be able to add more memory to it.
The Samsung Galaxy and BB Playbook are nice, but to small. I want a minimum 9"-10".
Also agree the Nook Color is a good choice.
Personally I would wait a bit longer. The market is about to flood with quality choices. Everyone getting ready to release quality tablets.
I am very interested to see what pricing will be on the Toshiba.

Toshiba Tablet
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Old 06-22-2011, 03:53 PM
 
Location: anywhere & everywhere
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I can't afford a Ipad, so I was looking at other less expensive pads. I got an epad (for my girl friend) but it was junk. Chat worked ok, but internet use was not usable it was so slow. I see there are many pads out there and some small laptops. My question is, which ones are you all using that will work good for chat and surfing the web/looking at real estate pics? I'd like to get her something that works this time.

Thanks.
I have an Android - Samsung Galaxy Tab. I signed a contract for new service, so it didn't cost as much. I love it!
  • small size so it fits in my purse and that means I can carry it everywhere
  • big enough to read comfortably
  • I can easily transfer files with a usb cable and do not have to download itunes to do so (this is helpful since I travel from one place to the next for work and cannot download itunes everywhere I go)
  • I scan reference books and manuals at work through the copier/scanner which has a feeder and takes 2 minutes and then transfer to my tablet - again, without using itunes (this means that my 600-page books that are not ebooks can come everywhere with me
  • I am a huge lover of Google - use google for calender, contacts, etc. so it totally works for me
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Old 06-24-2011, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
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I am very interested to see what pricing will be on the Toshiba.

Toshiba Tablet
I am leaning towards the Thrive.
8gb: $429
16GB: $479
32GB: $579

Possibly the Asus Transformer.
ASUS TF101A1 Eee Pad Transformer Android Tablet - 16GB, Android 3.0 Honeycomb, 10.1 Capacitive Touch Screen Display, NVIDIA Tegra 2 at TigerDirect.com
$399 for the 16GB one.
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Old 06-24-2011, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I can't afford a Ipad, so I was looking at other less expensive pads. I got an epad (for my girl friend) but it was junk. Chat worked ok, but internet use was not usable it was so slow. I see there are many pads out there and some small laptops. My question is, which ones are you all using that will work good for chat and surfing the web/looking at real estate pics? I'd like to get her something that works this time.

Thanks.
This is for you, the homework has already been done by Kim Komando (iPad generation 1):
iPad and its competition - Kim's Buying Guide and Advice on Shopping for Laptops, Digital Cameras, iPods, Computers, HDTVs, and More - The Kim Komando Radio Show

But enter the iPad 2:
http://www.komando.com/buyguide/index.aspx?id=8594
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